Sunday, 8 January 2017

Patreon Books

I will be adding new material here on a semi-regular basis.
These files can be read on Kindle or on your phone/PC using the free Kindle app.
The process for getting them on your Kindle is well documented online. It's pretty easy by all accounts.

If you like the books/stories, don't forget to give them some stars on Goodreads!

Gunlaw - a weird western (goodreads link)

A complete fantasy book. Written during the publication of The Broken Empire, so around 2012. My agent felt it was too large a departure from the trilogy that had brought me to the readers' attention. So I wrote Prince of Fools afterwards rather than a followup to this one.

Technically ... a weird western. Gunslingers, hex witches, dogmen, minotaur, trains that run further than you can imagine ... 

Mikeos Jones is a gunslinger, faster than thinking, part of the gunlaw, a man who can seldom afford the luxury of looking past the end of any given day.

Jenna Crossard is a hex-witch, but her ambitions are larger than spells and charms - the need to understand the world consumes her. They say the gunlaw keeps men safe from the endless horror of the sect, but to Jenna it's a cage and she wants out.  If that means breaking open the world and killing a few gods ... so be it.



Blood of the Red - a more traditional fantasy (goodreads link)

The fantasy novel I wrote before Prince of Thorns. 
      
      It's 20 years old now! But I had a good time writing it and I think it's a fun read.



Darker Tide - horror with strong SFF (goodreads link)

A lot of my stuff strays towards horror. I wrote this after I'd finished Book of the Ancestor.
A quick read - very definitely at the shortest end of the book scale.
This was written to demonstrate a proposed video game mechanism, and as such focuses on the idea and on action. But I hope it's also a fun, potentially unnerving read!
It's set in the 80s (like my Impossible Times trilogy) and has lashings of SFF content. Currently my highest rated book - because so few people have read it!


The Devil You Know - three short stories

These three stories are bundled together for arcane reasons concerning Amazon's royalties structure - they are not connected. The stories are:
The Devil You Know - A Book of the Ancestor short story that has never appeared before. It's set immediately after the end of book 1, Red Sister.
The Hero of Aral Pass - A Red Queen's War short story that sheds more light on the events in Aral Pass that made Jalan Kendeth into a hero. Primarily focused on events before book 1, Prince of Fools, but the framing story is set after the trilogy concludes. This story first appeared in the anthology Art of War.
A Thousand Years - A Red Queen's War story that concerns Snorri and Tuttugu when they were just starting out as young warriors. The events happened ~20 years before the start of book 1, Prince of Fools. This story first appeared in the anthology Unfettered III.



Free Short Stories I have on Amazon

These aren't a Patreon-specific freebie, but I'll list them here in case you didn't know about them.                                                                                                                                                                                          
      
      During the Dance is, in my view, perhaps my best short story. It packs a lot of emotion into 2000 words. Written around the time my daughter, Celyn, was born profoundly disabled and it seemed likely she would die. The Visitor is a second story inspired by Celyn, but this time wanting to give severe disability some representation in fantasy. The story first appeared in George RR Martin's Wild Cards series, in the book Knaves Over Queens. There's a free follow-up, The Visitor: Kill or Cure, on Tor.com. 

Jacob's Ladder - incomplete, epic grimdark

This was something I started around the time I wrote Red Sister. It was a "possible" but in the end I chose to pursue Nona's adventures.
People call me a grimdark author, but The Broken Empire was the only really dark trilogy I've written. I don't think I'd get that moniker if any of my other trilogies was the first one to be published for me.
Jacob's Ladder is the most grimdark thing I've written since Jorg's story. There are only 7 chapters of it so far, and I hope to come back to it one day. There's a central idea / twist / mystery that's revealed in these chapters, and I think it's a good one with bags of potential.
Have a read and let me know what you think.

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